Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Inaugural lecture: Forever Vigilant? Technology and the rise of boundless warfare

Tue Oct 28 13:58:00 GMT 2014

Professor Ian Butler, Professor David Galbreath and Professor Kevin Edge at the inaugural lecture.

— Professor Ian Butler, Professor David Galbreath and Professor Kevin Edge at the inaugural lecture.


On 22 October 2014, Professor David Galbreath delivered his inaugural lecture entitled: Forever Vigilant? Technology and the rise of boundless warfare.

Professor Kevin Edge (Deputy Vice-Chancellor) introduced the lecture that was attended by staff and students from across the University of Bath.

The rise of boundless warfare

The lecture built on Professor Galbreath’s existing work and asked the question, does the evolution of technology require us to be forever vigilant in the face of a new type of warfare?

His lecture was concluded with three questions concerning the rise of boundless warfare:

  • what role for states?
  • what future for power and security?
  • what future for security and defence?

David argued that each of these questions have serious policy implications for understanding how technology is changing both the character and nature of warfare.

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View the inaugural lecture

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Researching the changes in warfare

In his lecture David, highlighted his current research projects which are further examining how the nature of war is changing:

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Speaker background

David Galbreath is Professor of International Security and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences. David arrived at the University of Bath in 2010 from his previous institution at the University of Aberdeen.

His previous work has been on the political challenges facing Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union after the fall of the Berlin Wall. His work on this geographical area and the international organisations that have played such an important role in the region led him to work with such institutions like the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK House of Commons Defence Selection Committee and the United States Department of State.

He is the Editor-in-Chief of two academic journals, European Security as well as Defence Studies, has received funding from a range of public and private funders such as the Economic and Social Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust, and has supervised many doctoral students on everything from minority rights in Eastern Europe to EU-China relations.

For the last five years, David has increasingly working on defence and security policy issues from arms control to defence planning.

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